Tools to Remove Office 2007

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Tools to Remove Office 2007
Help is available from Microsoft for uninstalling Office 2007. (computer image by Angie Lingnau from

Microsoft Office 2007 is a popular software application that includes Word, Excel and Access. Sometimes it is necessary to uninstall Office 2007, such as before installing Office 2010. Since computer science is not yet perfect, sometimes uninstallation glitches occur. It may only partially uninstall, or it may not uninstall at all. Microsoft provides recommendations on how to successfully uninstall Office 2007.

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Add/Remove Programs

First, Microsoft recommends trying the conventional "Add/Remove Programs" utility. Click the "Start" button. Double-click on the "Control Panel." From the menu presented, double-click on "Add/Remove Programs." Find Microsoft Office 2007 from the menu, and click "Add/Remove." In Vista, the control panel is called "Programs and Features." If this does not work, Microsoft has other recommendations.

Mr. Fix It

Microsoft offers a free utility called Mr. Fix It. Download and install Mr. Fix It. Open the program, and follow the on-screen prompts to uninstall Office 2007. Microsoft cautions that it will remove only Office and Office Professional 2007 from your system, not Office Visio 2007. After uninstallation, reboot your computer.

Manual Uninstall

For very advanced computer users, Microsoft outlines steps to manually delete Office 2007. This involves first finding the folders the program is installed in, and deleting the program files manually. The next step is to find the registry keys, which are deep operating system programs. When you find the correct registry keys, you have to delete them by programming commands. You must be completely accurate when deleting registry keys, since deleting the wrong key could render your computer inoperable. Microsoft recommends printing the steps first, so you don't have to flip between windows.

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